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SHHS hosts competition

By Nate Luscombe

Staff Writer

SOUTH HADLEY The South Hadley Music Department is hosting an indoor percussion and color guard competition on March 12, featuring schools primarily from the eastern part of the Commonwealth. The competition, called the TigerPride Open, is sanctioned by the New England Scholastic Band Association.

The group from South Hadley High, who call themselves "Indoor Innovations," will perform a scene from the movie A Thomas Crown Affair. The set includes backdrops and props to imitating the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as costume changes and several visual effects.

The music, which was arranged by percussion instructors Sarah Rose Pellecier and Ryan Stack, is performed entirely with percussion instruments and a bass guitar.

During the competition, teams have six minutes to perform their skit, and are given only a few minutes to set up and take down their set and props.

Dancing in the show was chreographed by Pellecier and guard instructor Jill Peverly.

The South Hadley High School program includes lots of dancing, which appears difficult while wearing a bass drum on one's chest. Each percussionist who appears on the floor is dressed in a black suit and red tie, just like the movie.

The South Hadley group has 30 members this year. They competed last weekend, and will compete again this weekend, before hosting their own competition on March 12.

Tickets for the competition are $8 for adults, $5 for students. Competition begins at 1 p.m.

Also during the competition, the UMass Marimba Ensemble is will perform, as well as Thomas Hannum, associate director of the UMass Marching Band.

Hannum was the percussion writer for the award-winning Blast, a percussion show that has been touring the U.S., Europe, and Japan for several years.